Wrapping up 2018

With 2018 coming to an end, I suppose it’s okay to reflect on my life this past year. 2018 has been a different year for me professionally and on a personal level, in so much that my wife experienced her first year of retirement from her job as an Engineer with Lockheed and I have…

After The Switch

I’ve used many different cameras and lenses over the years. My theory was “the right tool for the job”, meaning I really wasn’t interested in the brand I was using but more interested in how well that gear performed for the type of work I was doing. The first “real camera” I ever purchased was…

Looking For A New Lens?

I don’t know about you, but I always do a little research before dropping hundreds or thousands on a new lens.  Not all review sites are the same, but between these select few you should be able to get a good idea of what to expect from any given lens you may be thinking of…

Your Best Photos Aren’t The Ones You Think

I recall seeing a documentary on television a few years ago about Ballet. There was an interview with a famous ballet instructor where she was talking about her students lamenting over their own talent and how to become recognized. It seems all artists struggle with this concept of self worth and evaluating their own talent….

10 Inexpensive Gifts for Photographers

I posted my cheap photographer’s gift list last year and it was a big hit. I thought I’d repeat the exercise this year with a whole new group of inexpensive photography related items that would make nice stocking stuffers for the photographer in your life. Disclaimer: I’m not promoting any particular brand or business with…

Photography Do’s and Don’ts

Grammatical exceptions aside, here is a quick list of photography “do’s and don’ts” I’ve formulated from my field experience. Just for a little fun. Do; Keep a charged extra camera battery on your body when working. Don’t; Offer unsolicited critique of another person’s photograph. Do; Keep a lens cloth with you when working. Don’t; Use…

The Eyes Have It

Talk to any experienced portrait photographer and they’ll explain the importance of the eyes in any close-up photograph. The best portraits display the subjects eyes clearly and distinctly. It is the eyes that attract the viewers gaze. An important aspect of those captivating eyes is the use of “catch light.” Catch light is a specular…

Know Your Environment

  More deer action from RMA during yesterday’s snow storm. As a former wedding photographer, I learned about the problems of photographing lots of white in a scene. The camera meters the white (wedding dress, or in this case snow) as being neutral and will tend to underexpose the image. In severe cases, upwards of…

Photographers Photograph and Writers Write

I am back to photographic action this week after a short hiatus. I find that my propensity to write articles is closely related to my propensity to take photographs. The two main subjects this month and probably through the end of the year are Deer and Bighorn. One of the things the wildlife photographer is…